StarCraft 2 Tempest

 

Image result for starcraft 2 tempestThe only Protoss strategy I can really perform is creating the “Golden Armada” by amassing a huge amount of powerful Protoss ships and defeating your opponent with the most powerful fleet available to all three races. Although mass carriers are usually preferable, mass tempests can also be considered. Their powerful, single target attack can be a strong counter to other fleets and is great for late game siege attacks against structures.

The model itself came very naturally from a fish base which provided the two main prongs. The smaller two flaps allowed me to create the ship’s thrusters and weapon systems.

I have gone through several revisions and am happy with this result. The overall proportions are what I originally imagined and although I could still add a couple extra points as well as a set of thrusters, I believe this iteration captures enough of the essence to be recognizable.

Folded from a single sheet of square paper.

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StarCraft 2 Mothership

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I recently began playing StarCraft 2 again after Blizzard made it free-to-play. Protoss is still my favorite race and brings with it a plethora of units and buildings to create.

The Protoss motherships function as flagships of the Golden Armada and are capable of sustaining Protoss culture and civilization. Its massive scale gets lost in its paper form but the essential features are still there.

The most interesting feature of my model is the triangle I used to create it. The mothership’s three main platforms can be created more conveniently by starting with an equilateral triangle instead of the typical square. I would definitely like experimenting more with other starting shapes, especially the triangle because of the favorable 30 and 60-degree angles.

Even in this brief model, I found that more lines intersected than I expected which is typically a favorable feature in the design phase. Each intersection can be used to create a point and makes collapsing the model easier. 30 and 60-degree angles create more intersections and made designing the model much easier than I expected.

The other feature I am was pleasantly surprised by was the capability of the middle to sty “open”. Usually, maintaining three-dimensional shapes is difficult for near two-dimensional paper. However, the way I created the wing flaps allowed the middle city portion to stay separated which I was expecting to be much more difficult to achieve.

Overall I am happy with the result and would only want to make one out of larger paper to capture its grand scale.

Folded from a single equilateral triangle.

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Plants vs. Zombies Snapdragon

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The model was inspired by the new Plants vs. Zombies heroes game which featured the snapdragon as a playable card. The snapdragon was one of my favorite plants in Plants vs Zombies 2 because he always seemed so calm and “chill”.

The model underwent several revisions and this is the fourth version I am most happy with. I initially attempted to make teeth for the bottom jaw but those were lost in the second revision in favor or larger wings and an easier to shape head. The snapdragon’s head looks different from other origami dragons and I came to the conclusion that it was because of his vertical head featuring eyes on the front rather than sides. I attempted to recreate this by shaping the many layers in the front and then pulling layers to form eyes. I am not the best at shaping so the head looks more like an oriental dragon than the one depicted in the game but I think the overall shape is evident and most of the anatomical features are present. My favorite feature is the wings. In Plants vs. Zombies 2 the wings are not present until it is boosted with plant food but in Plants vs. Zombies heroes they are there when it is planted. The original version had must smaller wings but the ones in subsequent versions have much larger wings, fulfilling the snapdragon’s wish in the description in PvZ2.

Better pictures and a colored version will hopefully come upon my return home.

Folded from a single sheet of square, uncut printer paper.

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Hearthstone Hex Frog

Hex, in Hearthstone, is a spell for the shaman class which transforms a minion into a 0/1 frog with taunt for 4 mana. It is one of the best removal spells as it permanently changes a potentially powerful minion into an anon-threatening amphibian.

I wanted to make this model for a while as there are not very many easy subjects to capture in Hearthstone and a frog seemed pretty basic. This differs from most other origami frogs as it sits upright just as it is portrayed in the card art.

The design revolves around the eyes. Sometimes when I design models sometimes there is one specific aspect I want to capture and then I design the rest of the model around it with the remaining paper and in this case it was the surprised eyes. If I were to change anything I would try to make the legs slightly longer but overall I am happy with how it turned out.

Finally I couldn’t find the usual camera I use so I tried a different camera and different techniques so hopefully the pictures look slightly better.

Folded from a single sheet of square, uncut printer paper.

 

StarCraft 2 Spine Crawler

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Rooted 

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The teeth are my favorite part.

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Uprooted

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There are not as many teeth as the rooted version but the six spikes between the legs are all there.

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The spine crawler is a defensive unit for the zerg race in StarCraft 2. It usually remains rooted/burrowed to attack and uses it tentacle to ward off threats. It can uproot itself to re position to a more tactical location.

For the rooted version I modified my giant squid and added teeth to the base. The uprooted version is made from a blintzed bird base with a thinned center point. I have been playing more StarCraft 2 recently and even though I am still garbage at the game the units and characters still intrigue me. Hopefully I will be able to make more origami versions in the future. As always suggestions are welcome!

Both are folded from a single sheet of uncut, square orange printer paper.

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